"I had said that deaf people aren't really deaf, they're just retarded and trying to upgrade themselves," says Lampanelli. "All of a sudden, they're protesting. I'm like, are you kidding me? If you can't see that's a joke, you're not just deaf, you're blind."
One of the protestors gave her show at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., a chance and actually liked it, The New York Post reported Sunday.
"At the end (at RIT), some guy came in, signing, and he says, 'I was one of the protestors and I gave your show a chance, and you're really good.' But I was really sad that day, because I got love for everybody," she said. "I act like I don't give a (expletive deleted), but I care. I'm 45 years old and I believe in karma. I'm gonna care if people get it."
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